With your vote for Mat Smith we can say no to Progressive policies that have caused the conditions we see on our streets and return Law and Order to our neighborhoods!
If we don't elect a candidate with the courage to make REAL change now, Mike Bonin's progressive policies will forever change our neighborhoods.
I'm running for City Council to return our Conservative values back to our Communities. Fiscal Responsibility, Compassionate Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness Treatment.
Veteran Army Specialist Adrian Pendergraft endorses Mat Smith
Yo Venice! Sits down with CD-11 Conservative Mat Smith
Mat is out walking different encampments, parks and other spaces the unsheltered are occupying in District 11. Last week via social media, a resident put out a call to action for candidates to come to Centennial Park.
Mat walked the encampment without any media presence witnessing open drug use and several visible health and safety hazards. Local residents and school children are afraid to visit the library. We must clean up these encampments and find more suitable living arrangements outside of our densely populated neighborhoods.
By dealing directly with the issues at hand, addiction and mental illness, we can eliminate the chaos plaguing our area while returning dignity to those suffering. By ignoring these issues and blaming our plight on a lack of affordable housing and quality jobs, those who claim to help are destroying lives while endangering our communities.
Born and raised in District 11, I’m frustrated with how our politicians have consistently failed us. From taking lanes on our roads away (road diets) to allowing people to openly use drugs in public and not allowing the police to enforce our laws, those in charge have made the problems in our community bigger. As a longtime local resident, I want what’s best for the area and will fight for the change we deserve here in District 11.
Government Mandates regarding COVID have proven harmful to our citizens and local businesses while
failing to provide benefits to our communities.
I stand against government mask and vaccine mandates and will vote to eliminate them once elected.
Born and raised in Westchester, Mat Smith has lived in the area since 1973 and wants to fix the issues in our neighborhoods. As a plumber’s son, he was inculcated in the values of hard work, common sense, and practical solutions.
Always industrious, Mat started off delivering Evening Outlook newspapers at age 11. While attending Loyola High School, he worked hard cooking at the Fish Market (Marina Del Rey) and bagging groceries at Alpha Beta (Westchester).
After graduation, Mat decided to enlist in the United States Army to serve our country and never regretted his choice. Soon after completing advanced training as a truck driver, he was deployed to Somalia in Operation Restore Hope, helping to provide humanitarian relief in the midst of famine, anarchy, societal breakdown, and civil war.
Mat delivered critical goods and supplies to soldiers and refugees alike in extraordinarily challenging conditions. He then served in Egypt as part of Operation Bright Star. For his distinguished service, he received an Honorable Discharge, and multiple commendations including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
A swimmer and surfer since his earliest days, Mat has always had a deep love and appreciation for the local beaches we are so lucky to live near. Always eager to help ensure that our beaches are safe, clean, and sustainable, Mat expanded his responsibilities in 2014 to include sampling water runoff throughout the LA basin.
Building upon his extensive experience in sales and logistics, Mat decided to open his own small business as a medical courier, specializing in on-time delivery of critical, perishable medicine for severely and chronically ill patients.
In his spare time, Mat is happiest spending time with his wife and daughter, especially outside on our local beaches and bluffs. He will put his homemade waffles up against all comers and always looks forward to Sunday family mahjong battles (with Mat's mom completing the foursome).
My values come from my parents and I was raised to make the TOUGH DECISIONS, not the ones that please others and FEEL GOOD.
An example my dad used goes back to his days as a racer in the early days of what would become the NHRA.
In 1959, the Antique Doll was a Top Eliminator at Lions Drag Strip with my father, Mort Smith as the driver.
On September 12th, 1959, the team experienced some handling problems: the car would violently pull to the right when the clutch dropped.
my father would tell me the story, and of his decision to sit out and not race that night.
“It wasn’t right, so I wouldn’t race”, he’d say, as if racing under those conditions was NEVER an option.
Mickey Brown, a friend of my father's and the first man to break 150 mph with pump gas, was at the event as a spectator and took his place. As soon as he dropped the clutch, the Antique Doll went violently to the right. Mickey was only 21 years old when he passed away from injuries sustained that night.
I was raised to make the TOUGH DECISIONS, regardless of the pressure to do otherwise. When elected, I’ll do that to return SAFETY and DIGNITY to District 11